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Syllabification: fes·ti·val
Pronunciation: /ˈfestəvəl

Definition of festival in English:


1A day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration: a tabulation of saints' days and other festivals [as modifier]: a festival atmosphere
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  • We do celebrate more religious festivals than most schools, but the children enjoy it.
  • Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.
  • When my sister taught at a junior school they celebrated all the religious festivals.
fair, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, celebrations, festivities, fest
holy day, feast day, saint's day, commemoration, day of observance
1.1An annual celebration or anniversary: highlights of this year’s pumpkin festival
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  • Mike and his committee are determined to make their tenth anniversary festival a memorable one.
  • Jackie said the school would want to be a part of any city-wide anniversary festival.
  • The High School also plans to hold an annual technology festival for children from local primary schools.
1.2An organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place: numbers that are still heard at traditional jazz festivals
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  • The films were hand picked by organisers who travelled and networked with major international film festivals.
  • Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.
  • It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.


Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.

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